Seoul Dismayed by Collapse of Trump-Kim Summit

Seoul Dismayed by Collapse of Trump-Kim SummitSeoul Dismayed by Collapse of Trump-Kim Summit

The cancellation of a planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has caught many in South Korea off-guard, including President Moon Jae-in, with top diplomats scrambling to avert any political fallout with promises of continued talks. "The current communication method [between the US and North Korea] won't be able to resolve a sensitive and complex diplomatic issue," Moon said during the National Security Council meeting on Thursday, according to the Korea Economic Daily.

"I look forward to seeing two leaders making a direct and close communication to resolve the current situation," he said, Aljazeera reported.

The announcement comes just two days after Trump hosted Moon at the White House for talks widely seen as an effort to save the summit scheduled for next month in Singapore from being scuttled. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and received assurance that the US wants to keep the diplomatic channel with Pyongyang open, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Earlier, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said despite Trump's decision to cancel the June 12 meeting in Singapore, Pyongyang has the "intent to sit with the US side to solve the problem regardless of ways at any time."

Still, politicians in Seoul did not hide their disappointment in the abrupt decision of Trump. "It's a shame that there's a big obstacle in the process of the US-North Korea summit, but we believe the dialogue between the North and the US will be resumed," said Kim Hyun, spokesperson of the Democratic Party of Korea, the political party of Moon.

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